Just Because You’re Struggling

This is from Facebook. I imagine that there are quite a few people that feel like they are failing when they are struggling. It’s very hard to understand how anybody can even think that they are not failing when the struggling gets worse and worse, and it seems like things are never going to change. I have gone through it many many times. But I have some secrets that I try to fall back on, and here lately they have worked just fine.

I love music, especially Christian music and Southern Gospel. Whenever things start going wrong, I try to sing as many songs as I can remember. This is especially true when I am alone. It’s sort of praying and singing at the same time, if you can imagine it. Music has always cheered me up. Especially the songs we sing in Church. After all the Bible says:

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I looked it up on Google and this is what the results are.

Psalm 100 is the 100th psalm in the Hebrew Bible of the Book of Psalms. In English, it is translated as Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.” in the King James Version (KJV), and as “O be joyful in the Lord, all ye lands” in the Book of Common Prayer (BCP).

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I make a noise that is joyful to me. I don’t know how joyful it is to other people, but as long as it’s joyful to me at the time, that’s all that matters.

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Sometimes I try to think of really special and upbeat things to try. One of the things that I try is reading the poem, “God Has Not Promised” You will find it below. I looked this up on Google as well.

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BY ANNIE JOHNSON FLINT
God hath not promised skies always blue, 
Flower strewn pathways all our lives through;
God hath not promised sun with out rain,
Joy without sorrow, peace without pain.

Chorus:

But God hath promised strength for the day, 
Rest for the labor, light for the way;
Grace for the trials, help from above,
Unfailing sympathy, undying love.

Chorus

God hath not promised we shall not know 
Toil and temptation, trouble and woe; 
He hath not told us we shall not bear 
Many a burden, Many a care.

Chorus

God hath not promised smooth roads and wide, 
Swift, easy travel, needing no guide;
Never a mountain rocky and steep,
Never a river turbid and deep.

Chorus

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Words © This text is in the Public Domain

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Not everybody has everything handed to them on a silver platter. And even the ones that do seemingly have everything, could still be struggling. Struggling just shows that you are trying to accomplish whatever thing it is that you are working on.

I Would Survive

This is from Facebook. I have seen other signs pointing out the same thing, but there are still people that will not be encumbered with having to put on a face mask and gloves to protect them selves and to protect others. There are many people that are following the quarantine guidelines by wearing the mandated face mask and gloves, yet they and or a member of their family still ends up being stricken by the COVID-19 virus. And when one of the family members or friends has to go it alone, all the way to the very end when they go towards the light, they probably wonder what they did wrong to be inflected by the COVID-19 virus.

Then you see it on TV, or in the news paper, and sometimes even in real life, people that either think they are invincible or just don’t give a hoot about anybody period. Not only do they run the risk of becoming stricken by the COVID-19 virus, but also death. They may not be quite as strong as they thought they were to be able fight off the virus and it ends up not only killing them, but also their family members and friends.

When this happens, there is no telling how many people will end up with the virus and dying, when it could have all been avoided if they would have only followed the mandated guidelines of the quarantine, and put on a face mask and gloves. So simple of a procedure when compared to all that has to be done when anybody dies. what with the autopsy, the clothes they have to be buried in, the casket they have to be laid to their final rest in, the vault to put the casket in, and finally the burial plot the vault with the casket inside of it has to be placed in. You’re talking about thousands if not hundreds of thousands of dollars that has to be spent on each one of the avoidable victims you caused to catch the virus,

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Native Americans

This is from Facebook. Native Americans have some of the most colorful and amazing dances and rituals that I have ever seen on TV and in the movies. If I have run into a Native American at any time in my life, I am not aware of it. Just look at the beauty and the craftsmanship that had to be used to be able to make such beautiful garments to wear in their  ritualistic dances. They are truly a work of art.

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Native Americans is with Soumik Kr Dutta.

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The Baby Bird Was Saved

This was on Facebook. A Baby bird had fallen out of its nest. The Mama bird was there just in time to catch the Baby bird by its feet, and even more amazing the Daddy bird just happened to be there to help support the Baby bird by its back and feathers until the Mother bird was able to pull it back into the nest. Just seeing this picture, shows in yet another way, just how awesome and amazing God is with the automatic instincts that were given to the Mother bird and the Father bird for them to be able to catch and save this little bird.

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Lívia Horváth to nature & wildlife

The little chick fell out of the nest, mama caught it, dad pushed it from below. ❤️
What a collaboration! What a photo! ❣️

On Difficult Days

This is from Facebook. It’s so True. Even if you don’t really want to talk about the situation, or talk at all for that matter, it’s still easier to go through when you have a friend by you.

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Donna Mowrey Thomas

“Today was a Difficult Day,” said Pooh.

There was a pause.

“Do you want to talk about it?” asked Piglet.

“No,” said Pooh after a bit. “No, I don’t think I do.”

“That’s okay,” said Piglet, and he came and sat beside his friend.

“What are you doing?” asked Pooh.

“Nothing, really,” said Piglet. “Only, I know what Difficult Days are like. I quite often don’t feel like talking about it on my Difficult Days either.

“But goodness,” continued Piglet, “Difficult Days are so much easier when you know you’ve got someone there for you. And I’ll always be here for you, Pooh.”

And as Pooh sat there, working through in his head his Difficult Day, while the solid, reliable Piglet sat next to him quietly, swinging his little legs…he thought that his best friend had never been more right.”
A.A. Milne

Sending thoughts to those having a Difficult Day today and hope you have your own Piglet to sit beside you 🧡

Do You Pray?

This is from Facebook. It’s talking about the different things to pray about, and how those are done. There are things that we do as a matter of habit and don’t even give them a second thought. For me, that was until today when I first read this prayer. I am doing some of these things myself, and never even consider that they could be and/or were a form of prayer.

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Other than prayer being how we are supposed to talk to God, I never really thought about it this way.The biggest thing about praying was being taught that I was supposed to thank God for everything. And the EVERYTHING included the good and the bad. It was the thanking God for the bad stuff that I couldn’t understand.

I was in my mid to upper twenty’s before it was explained to me the way that actually made sense. In the process of explaining it to me, a poem was used about what God had and had not promised us.Here is a copy of the poem that I looked up on Google:

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God Hath Not Promised

1 God hath not promised skies always blue,
Flower-strewn pathways all our lives through;
God hath not promised sun without rain,
Joy without sorrow, peace without pain.
But God hath promised strength for the day,
Rest for the labor, light for the way,
Grace for the trials, help from above,
Unfailing sympathy, undying love.
2 God hath not promised we shall not know
Toil and temptation, trouble and woe;
He hath not told us we shall not bear
Many a burden, many a care.
3 God hath not promised smooth roads and wide,
Swift, easy travel, needing no guide;
Never a mountain, rocky and steep,
Never a river, turbid and deep.******************************************************************************************************************************

In that being explained to me, as the saying goes, “I saw the light.” I realized what thanking God even for the bad stuff meant, and it finally made sense. We have to have some things bad in our life or we would never know just how good the good was. Even after it being explained to me in a way that I could understand, it was hard to thank God for it. So in my prayers, I even told God about not wanting to thank Him for the bad stuff, and how weird I felt doing it. But eventually, I came to a place where I could thank God for everything while saying my prayers.

It no longer seemed illogical to do it, like it first did. I even started lifting prayers up to God during the day, and not just at bedtime. It really does make a difference in my whole being and how I feel throughout the day. Now instead of never thanking God for the bad, I literally thank Him for EVERYTHING that happens in my life, and everything that is given to me, as well as things that I had at one time, but no longer have for various reasons. When I catch myself getting upset about certain things that I have lost, I talk to God about that too.

If you are a person that does not pray, you may want to start doing it. You will feel strange at first, but after doing it for a while, it will become very pleasant to you. There have even been times that I wished the day would hurry up and end so I could say a long prayer instead of just praying little prayers throughout the day.

Watch Out For Copperheads

This was on Facebook. It’s that time of year to watch out for different things. There are snakes, spiders, wasps, hornets, and any number of different crawling and flying living things, and this year I have even heard about the Killer Bees. They are really powerful and pretty big as far as the film where one attacked a wild mouse. When the Killer Bees get other flying bugs, they catch them and bite off their heads. Their sting is so poisonous that it can kill a grown up, let alone what they can do to a small child. Just beware of your surroundings.

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